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by Paul on 05/16/11 at 08:20 AM ET
from Arpon Basu of CTV Montreal,
Now, having established the potential ulterior motives in Jagr’s public comments and trying to establish the level of his play in Russia, we need to figure out if he would be a fit in Montreal.
While everyone sees Jagr playing on a line with Plekanec and Mike Cammalleri, I really don’t see that happening over 82 games. No, I would see Jagr filling a third line role with limited minutes, perhaps with David Desharnais and/or Lars Eller, while serving as a weapon on the power play. Would Jagr be willing to play such a role? Would he come to Montreal if he wasn’t guaranteed to play with Plekanec on a regular basis? I’m not sure he would.
But if he was willing to do that – and also willing to play by Jacques Martin’s system and also willing to defer to the established leadership group and not rattle the Canadiens dressing room chemistry too much – then I see no reason why Jagr would not be a welcome addition in Montreal.
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